Presage has been something of a rising star in the Seiko firmament – a classically inspired, dressy collection that has proven to have broad appeal. These two new watches see the Seiko Presage powered by that most Seiko of technologies — the popular and silky smooth Spring Drive technology.
Already the pairing of Presage and precision is an exciting prospect. But there are two other elements of these two boutique-only 40mm steel watches, and that’s the design and the dial. Seiko has evoked the spirit of Japanese design legend Riki Watanabe for the overall look and feel of these watches, working with Watanabe’s colleagues to bring this clean, legible design to life. But don’t be fooled by the apparent simplicity of the dial, it’s a work of quiet expertise. Because it’s been released in a material that’s increasingly linked to the Presage line – enamel. In particular these black or white dials are porcelain enamel made by master craftsman Mitsuru Yokosawa. The organic lines of the dial are clear in the recesses around the power reserve indicator and the date aperture. And even though the look is quite dressy, the 100 metres of water resistance and the super-hard coating of the case ensure that it’s a watch that can handle its share of life.
These two watches are regular production pieces, but will be available only in boutiques. Australia is expected to be receiving limited stock in September.
Seiko Presage Prestige Enamel Dial Spring Drive SNR037, SNR039 price
Seiko Presage Prestige Enamel Dial Spring Drive SNR037 or SNR039, $6400 AUD